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an invasion of the golan heights and the east banks of the suez by syria and egypt. the surprise attacks came early this morning in the air and on the ground. >> surprise attacks. in october 1973, as richard nixon is crumbling beneath the weight of watergate, our ally israel is simultaneously surprise attacked by egypt from the west and by syria from the north. after initially being caught off guard by the attacks, israel eventually takes the upper hand. they are not only able to defend their own borders. they go on offense. they drive to within 65 miles of cairo and just 25 miles of the syrian capital of damascus. israel is on the move. and then something extraordinary happens. for the first time since the cuban missile crisis in the 1960s the united states military moves to defcon 3. for some perspective, the only other time we have been at defcon 3 since then is on 9/11. this is something that almost never happens. and when it does, it is historic and it is historically scary. and when it happened in 1973, the order to go to defcon three was not issued by president nixon. he was apparently
qaeda would have come back. you cannot prove that. >> all right, syria. how did the united states, how did the government, how did the administration handled syria? appropriately? and appropriately? enough? not enough? >> the good thing about the afghanistan and iraq forces that they are keeping us out of syria. >> syria could become a disaster. this is a country with a huge stockpile of chemical weapons, which are pretty active. we have allowed the saudis and qataris to arm the rebels, and those are the people who have armed the islamists, so the islamists now have the upper hand among the rebels. the west -- the british and french and we and the turks -- did not do anything comparable with the non-islamic opposition. we are looking at a possible country that would divide into three or four like yugoslavia, or could become jihadist, and syria is a serious country. it is not libya or afghanistan, and it think we will regret having no influence on the outcome. >> monolithic opposition, and the fact is there are opponents of that regime that we would not want to be associated with, eithe
in the senate and is not helpful to the real issues that we're facing today which is north korea, syria, growing al qaeda and libya, all of those issues. >> well, let's get to syria for a moment while i have you. how secure are those chemical warfare stockpiles in syria now? do you believe that president bashar al assad will use chemical warfare against his own people? >> well, his father -- at least there's lots of reporting that his father did in fact use chemical weapons or something very close to it in his suppression of the population. we know that he has made it available, meaning that in some of these chemical weapons there are certain procedures you have to go through to make them a viable weapon. i believe that that's happened. i believe that they are available for use at a very short in the. now, the desperation of dictator facing his ending days of his regime who was, i believe, has made these chemical weapons out of the stockpile available for use. i don't know and we know his father used it. it would be irresponsible, i think, of the international community to lead in and say, we do
escalation in syria's civil war. nato has detected the firing of unguided scud-type missiles. >>> and we're also learning new details of the latest phone call between president obama and house speaker john boehner did not go well. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> we begin with today's long-range rocket launch that's managed to put a satellite in earth's orbit. here's why it is important to all of us. even though north korea is one of the poorest countries and many people are starving there, the korean peninsula is the most tense, most dangerous places on earth. there are roughly one million north korean troops on it is side of the militarize zone separating from south korea. as well as nearly 30,000 u.s. forces. not only are they within strikes distance of the launch site, a long-range rocket shows north korea is on its way to developing technology to launch a rocket at the united states's west coast and hawaii. officials tell cnn that the working assumption is that the north koreans got outside help from others, including iran. so today's launch is raising some huge
with the growing threat from the neighboring syria. 400 troops will join nato forces and stand ready to act if syria intends to unleash chemical weapons. fox's leland vittert is in our middle east bureau. leland, just a few days ago the head of nato said the assad regime is about to collapse. why deploy these troops now? >> reporter: it really has to do with showing solidarity with the turks who are clearly very scared and timing comes a couple days after we learned that the syrians were mixing chemical weapons to possibly use. so this is the united states and nato's way of really get being behind turkey, a close ally saying we support you. the secretary of defense was quick to point out that the patriot missiles are just that, defensive weapons that will be put down along the syrian border to protect syria, protect turkey from attacks by syrian jets or scud missiles that would fly in but that is not exactly the whole story. the patriots could be easily programmed and put in a no-fly zone over northern syria. so far turkey is denying that as is nato saying this is purely defensive move by t
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. >> reporter: but kerrie is not totally in sync with obama, and he has had limited intervention in syria, something the froms has resisted. kerry has built deep relationships with many foreign leaders? there are very few people in our country with greater experience over a longer period of time in foreign policy than senator kerry. >> i want to bring in jessica yellin live from the white house. i covered kerr ney 2004 when he was running for president and he was successfully caricatured as someone who was out of touch. give us a behind-the-scenes look at who he is and how he relates to people. >> reporter: well, senator kerry is a statesman, a man who has been working in washington for so many years that it is easy to paint a caricature of him that way. he is a man who has developed a relationship with president obama which is what's meaningful today and here at the white hou house. he is, as kate pointed out, was dispatched by the president not just two times or a number of times during foreign sort of mini crises, but very, very delicate situations and he has successfully eased the way
. >>> now to the developing situation in syria where the assad regime is firing scud miss else at its own people. the question is will chemical weapons being loaded on to the skids? we'll have the latest for you just ahead. wooohooo....hahaahahaha! oh...there you go. wooohooo....hahaahahaha! i'm gonna stand up to her! no you're not. i know. you know ronny folks who save hundreds of dollars switching to geico sure are happy. how happy are they jimmy? happier than a witch in a broom factory. get happy. get geico. fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent or more. >>> welcome back to "the kudlow report." just a few hours north korea launched a three-stage rocket early wednesday, the state department condemned the watch, the defense department saying kim jong un can spend his money launching missiles or feed his people but he can't have both. the missile is capable of taking a nuclear bomb to a target in the region. the syrian military has been fighting scud missiles at rebily fighters. while there's no evidence that they have been loaded with chemical weapons, at many as saturday scud m
this morning. it's a big development in the fight against syria and a new level of u.s. involvement. we just learned within the past few hours the defense secretary leon panetta signed an order sending two patriot missile batteries to turkey. that's to assist that nation in defending against any pollible military action by syria. this move was expected as the civil war in syria destabilizes the assad regime with each passing day. in addition to this, 400 u.s. troops are going to turkey. they will be deployed to operate the missile batteries. cnn's nick payton walsh has the development. >> reporter: good morning. 400 personnel will be accompanying the batteries. let me give you history. over the past two months, we saw sporadic exchanges of fire across the border. syrian military firing into turkey causing often destruction and death. turkey often responding. that brought about this request to nato for patriot missile batteries. they're supposed to be there. this particular type better at taking out missiles in the sky rather than taking down aircraft. but this move part of a nato response. a
. >> secretary of defense has authorized deployment of 400 troops to man the turkey syria border. they are emphasizing this is only a defensive mission. susan rice will meet with president obama at the white house today. he has already accepted her withdraw for consideration to replace hillary clinton. she is a fighter but not at the cost of what is right with the country. the president praised her strength of character, and called the attacks on her in recent weeks unfair and misleading. the reaction to the withdrawal were short and dismissive. the behavior of certain republican senators was a disgrace on national security issues. i'm not mad at you. i'm just very disappointed. >> we have always heard that from our grade school teachers. >> stephanie: several republican senator went after rice following the attack on the consolelate in benghazi. abc pointing out that rice had been criticized before specifically for her past work during the clinton administration. aledgedly she was a little too sympathetic to the row juan dan president at the time. but the
to the media. >>> syria's ruthless regime may have little time left. president assad is losing his country's bloody civil war and now the foreign ministry denies that statement this morning. the rebels are outside the capital and gaining ground, but many groups with competing interests among the ranks and assad's fall would not mean an end to the fighting. >> don't really have a good sense. to the extent that external organizations are in there in some extremist form, the worry is the retribution afterwards and access to chemical weapons. >> this week, the u.s., europe and allies recognized the opposition, which could speed up international aid. but some factions of the rebels are known to have ties to al qaeda. that is the lingering question, you knock out the leader, but what is left, building a new country sometimes is the more difficult part compared to getting rid of the dictator. look at egypt and the mess they're going through. >> but the state department is encouraging russia to withdraw their support and join with the u.s. in implementing a political transition. that has not happe
look at the situation and everything going on in syria, we're waking up to the fact that the regime that replaces the current regime if it falls could be even more anti-american than what we're seeing right now. is there a danger of that in egypt? what if president morsi loses control of the country, what would a replacement look like? >> first of all there will be no morsi losing control and leaving. this is not mubarak. he has a very strong party with him. i am very concerned events in egypt will not be a repeat of the mubarak quitting. it may be a major confrontation. i don't want to use the term civil war but many in egypt are using it if no solution are now. some of the salafists, their allies are armed. armed forces of egypt could take a stand. it is very explosive and dangerous situation inside egypt. lori: in syria as well. let's talk a little more about syria and what is going on there we had reports they're moving sarin gas. what will that be used for? is this looking like a war in itself and really is the whole region on the brink of war? >> it is boiling. what we're witn
. also, president obama comes back from hawaii for the year's final showdown with congress. >>> and syria's government unleashes its most sophisticated weapons of the war. missiles from iran. we'd like to welcome our viewers here in the united states and around the world. wolf blitzer is off today. i'm candy crowley and you're in "the situation room." >>> i want to begin with a crisis you probably don't know is coming and, of course, is just about to hit. barring a last minute deal, union dock workers at more than a dozen major ports will go on strike this weekend. meaning just about everything we buy, from clothes to cars, can't be unloaded. the strike would impact 14 port along the eastern seaboard in gulf coast, including the port of baltimore and that's where we find cnn's brian todd live. the potential impact of this is pretty big. >> reporter: it's huge, candy. right here, this is one of the most crucial ports for commerce in this region. the sieger terminal. you can see massive container ships sitting in port. this is the port terminal with the bustling operations, containers still
, as always, appreciate your reporting from sicairo. >>> strong warning for syria's president not to use chemical weapons against his own people. nato secretary-general said the use of such weapons would result in an immediate reaction, his words. he described the syrian stockpiles as a matter of great concern and president obama has been warning of consequences if al assad makes what mr. obama calls the tragic mistake of using chemical weapons. former british prime minister tony blair voiced his concerns earlier on cnn. >> i mean now the death toll probably would be around 40,000, since this began, since a large number of people. but if there was any sense at all that assad was going to use chemical weapons or did use chemical weapons against his own people i expect a tough response that would be military. >> and nato is taking no chances by trying to protect one of its members, alliance expected to authorize deployment of operate out missiles to turkey's border with syria. i want to bring in cnn's ivan watson joining us istanbul in turkey. the turkish government asked for nato's help a
, there will be consequences and you will be held accountable. >> u.s. officials tell nbc news that syria's government has ordered the chemical sites to be, quote, prepared. sparking fears that they could be getting ready to mix a deadly nerve gas. so the direct warnings president obama and secretary of state hillary clinton delivered to syria come as that country's ally, russia, signals that the use of chemical weapons is a red line for their own support for syria. joining me now is nbc's chief pentagon correspondent jim jim miklaszewski. a speech that really didn't have anything having to do with what syria, clearly there's intelligence on the ground that has u.s. officials concerned. >> reporter: that's right, chuck. all the latest intelligence indicates that the u.s., nato, and particularly the syrian people are really staring the worst case scenario directly in the face. just about the time rebel forces started to make significant advances in the capital da m damascus, u.s. officials tell nbc news that the assad regime informed its chemical weapons corps to get prepared. and just about that time, u.s
minister sergei lavrov and the u.n. envoy for syria, lakhdar brahimi. >> we reviewed the very mr. brahimi had his own additional information to contribute about what he is hearing from sources inside syria and both minister lavrov and i committed to support a renewed push by brahimi and his team to work with all the stakeholders in syria to begin a political transition. meanwhile, rebels in syria made the damascus international airport an official battleground. they said it's a legitimate target and they urged civilians to stay clear. fighting near the airport and around the capital city has intensified in the past week. the latest amateur video showed street battles and a car set afire by a rocket attack. the exiled leader of hamas khaled meshaal entered gaza today for the first time. it was, in part, a show of defiance after the militant group's latest clash with israel. we have a report narrated by jonathan rugman of "independent television news." >> reporter: he crossed the border from egypt with tears in his eyes. the leader of hamas setting foot on palestinian territory for the firs
with the fiscal cliff in this country to syria being on the brink. secretary of defense leon panetta who is in kuwait today meeting with officials and visiting troops has this to say about syria's escalating crisis. >> continue to make clear to them that they should not, under any means, make use of these chemical weapons against their own population, that that would -- that would producer is use consequences. >> joining me now in studio is retired u.s. army general. it's great to see you and in person, no less. but just so everybody can make that out because i know it was hard for people to hear the secretary there saying we continue to make clear to them they should not under any means make use of these chemical weapons against their own population, that would producer is use consequences. when he's talking about serious consequences what does that mean to the u.s., the stake, the investment we would make militarily. >> i'm sure one thing we're convinced of is that we don't want to take military action to syria. it's a bad idea to commit either naval air power or u.s. air force air pow
't give us visas. >> syria, i don't really wanter to thoer go -- >> too dangerous. >> reporter: too dangerous to get married in the country where their romance first began six years ago. >> i went to syria to teach photography to young iraqi women and we met at a party. >> reporter: fanny learned arabic, moved in with ala and the young lovers had plans to eventually start a family in syria. what did the uprising do to your plans? >> well, it separated us. >> reporter: fanny was in the u.s. last year when the protest movement first erupted. >> once it started, he said don't come back, fanny, because they would get in trouble for housing an american and just wasn't safe. >> reporter: from outside, fanny watched and worried as a brutal syrian government crackdown led to a fully fledged insurgency. ala says he finally no choice but to leave his country and his family when it came time for his mandatory military service. >> i don't want to be killed. i don't want to have to kill or shoot. >> how did you feel when you crossed the syrian border for the last time two weeks ago? >> i don't r
. it is a good question. i think the syrians situation is different from the iraq situation. syria reminds me more of the balkans in the 1990's. the internal conflict is horrendous. i think it is different in this respect. not even the syrians want the united states to invade and takeover syria and administrate it. that is not the issue in the case of syria. the issue is whether the united states should supply weapons to factions fighting the regime that are aligned with our interests, and if we do not do this, will the more extreme elements support the radical islamic rebels fighting assad? we want the people to prevail better closer to our interests, yet we are not supporting the materially. reports from serious say there is resentment on this. al qaeda in iraq is now heavily involved in the syrian conflict. one reason is able to do that is we took all our forces out of iraq in 2011. if we had to several thousand forces working with iraqi special operation forces, i believe we could have attenuated the growth of applied it -- of al qaeda in syria. this is a result of the removal of all forc
on the fiscal cliff front and on the gun control front as well as what's happening in syria and other news around the current tree and around the globe. we will take your calls at 866-55-press. the president has made a big compromise, raising the tax cuts to the first $400,000 dropping the payroll tax holiday and, get this cutting social security benefits. wait a minute. i thought social security was not going to be on the table. he promised us that. has the president sold us down the river already? 0, man. lots to talk about. but first, we get the latest. today's current news update from lisa ferguson standing buy in los angeles early this morning. good morning lease a. >> good morning, bill. good morning, everyone. a couple of more details on those fiscal cliff negotiations for you because house speaker boehner is changing gears yet again. as bill mentioned, the president laid out a new offer monday morning. it seemed the two were making some pretty good progress toward a compromise but yesterday boehner shifted to what he is calling plan b. the house spe
appreciate your sight. >> happy new year. >> and the united nations's envoy to syria warns that the civil war could meanos for the entire region. >> they met in moscow today and the talks don't seem to have prused much progress. >> they are concerned about the number. i recaller this week. bashar assad . the only hope for a solution is through the political talks. he and the russian foreign prime minister is ruling in syria untillet election takes place. secretary of state hillary clinton is expected to be back in the office next week. and she fainted and hit her head after being dehidrated from a stomach virus . what some are calling the benghazi shuffle . they are thought to have been relieved of duty . may be switching desks . some congress and joining us now is republican congressman chairman of the house foreign relation committee . trying to get information. of the four employees and were they fired or reassigned or on administrative leave. what have you heard? >> it is a shameful episode for the state department. they are bungling everything relate to bung bung. - benghazi. the america
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of our nbc family. after being kidnapped and held for five days inside syria by an unknown group, richard engel and his production crew members have been freed unharmed. they are safely out of the country. richard one of the best reporters on the planet, covering stories from egypt to north korea and we are extremely happy to have him and his crew safe. we'll be right back. ♪ i'd like to thank eating right, whole grain, multigrain cheerios! mom, are those my jeans? [ female announcer ] people who choose more whole grain tend to weigh less than those who don't. a regular guy with an irregular heartbeat. the usual, bob? not today. [ male announcer ] bob has afib: atrial fibrillation not caused by a heart valve problem, a condition that puts him at greater risk for a stroke. [ gps ] turn left. i don't think so. [ male announcer ] for years, bob took warfarin, and made a monthly trip to the clinic to get his blood tested. but not anymore. bob's doctor recommended a different option: once-a-day xarelto®. xarelto® is the first and only once-a-day prescription blood thinner for patients with
this controversial move? a live report next. jon: right now syria's opposition leader is rejecting an invitation for peace talks as the violence escalates. the country's ally, russia, is inviting the leader of syria's opposition to visit moskow for the first time but that offer turned down. some interesting developments here. let's get them from leland vittert live in our mideast bureau. leland? >> reporter: jon, no one really views russia as an honest broker here especially the rebels who for so long seen russia side with pat assad in this conflict. they don't really want to deal with the russians, hence turning down the invitation. the rebels now think time is on their side. the momentum is on the battlefield has shifted. for so long the rebels were outgunned and outmaneuvered. they hold major parts of northern part of the syria and major population centers in the center of the country that president assad up till now had control. one rebel fighter said we'll fight all the way to president assad's palace. the rebels don't see a reason to negotiate while president assad is in power. the while t
and massive protests are called for tomorrow. syria bomb rebels today. secretary clinton says that country is considering using chemical weapons. >> this is a red line for the united states. i'm not going to telegraph in any specifics what we would do in the event of credible evidence. >> joining me now is former state department egypt officer joel reuben. good to have you here. let's start with that red line where syria is right now. it's estimated more than 40,000 people have been killed in this 20-month-old revolve against the government. these new reports suggesting the fresh activity at syrian chemical weapons depots. earlier this year the president singled out that threat posed by chemical weapons as a cause for greater u.s. involvement. now secretary clinton giving this warning. where do you see this headed? >> this is a very overt declaration by the secretary. it's been estimated it would take about 75,000 troops to secure these chemical weapon sites if they are used. syria has never acknowledged having them but acknowledged that when responding said they would not use them. so tha
, norman schwarzkopf. heather: major developments unfolding in syria. warplanes bombing their own people. as rebels say no to propose peace talks. live overseas with all this could mean to the united states. gregg: and fallout after the chief of the american protection agencies dust down. it is more than just your average run-of-the-mill resignation. a new scandal coming up next. heather: and another man pushed to his death in a new york city subway platform. details on the suspect and the intense urge coming up next. >> to think that they put somebody into the tracks is horrible. >> it is the last stop on the train. that is all they were telling people. people asked what happened. the conductor said he didn't know. they were not given any information off vietnam in 1968. over the south pacific in 1943. i got mine in iraq, 2003. usaa auto insurance is often handed down from generation to generation. because offers a superior level of protection, and because usaa's commitment to serve the military, veterans and their families is without equal. begin your legacy, get an auto insurance quo
in syria and say government forces are using them to attack neighboring areas. >> rick: they were some of hurricane sandy's most vulnerable vis ctims and now children hit hardest by the storm are getting a heart-warming surprise this time of christmas and, dan bowens has more from our affiliate station in new york city. >> reporter: an unexpected christmas surprise for the children of ps253 in the rockaways. >> shout it out... ♪ >> reporter: the holiday joy is deeply appreciated by the students, many with families still dealing with the aftermath of hurricane sandy. >> a lot of them have been going through a lot of difficulty, the past few weeks. trying to recover, and, you know, some apartments not having lights on. >> reporter: state senator malcolm smith playing the role of the santa and since the stormed worked with hot 97 identifying families in need. >> alisyn: this is overwhelming, i mean, your heart gets full and, a young man... santa, santa! >> reporter: helping collect most of gifts... we told you about this good samaritan and her friend last month and started their drive a
. >>> ahead on "reliable sources" a harrowing ordeal in syria for richard engel. risk-taking reporters in just a moment. who do you think i am, quicken loans? ♪ at quicken loans, our amazingly useful mortgage calculator app allows you to quickly calculate your mortgage payment based on today's incredibly low interest rates... right from your iphone or android smartphone. one more way quicken loans is engineered to amaze. ♪ >>> richard engel is one of those reporters who just can't stay away from danger from iraq to afghanistan, from lebanon to egypt. magnetically attracted to war zones. i was sickened to learn that he and his crew had been kidnapped what engel later described as progovernment militants in syria. >> hello, how are you? >> sigh of relief. it was announced that he was safe inside neighboring turkey. he later popped up on "today" show to describe what happened. >> a group of gunmen just literally jumped out of the trees and bushes. they dragged us out of the car. >> what followed was a five-day ordeal that is chilling to listen to. >> we weren't physically beaten or tortured.
for a deal. >>> in syria tensioned at a boiling point between rebels and the government. syrian rebels have declared damascus international airport a military target, warning civilians and airlines not to approach it. this comes as reports of the government preparing to use chemical weapons on the civilians there. since march of 2011, 40,000 people have been killed in the country's civil war. >>> a u.s. capitol police officer is in the hospital this morning after being hit by a car. this happened around 8:30 last night around massachusetts avenue in northeast washington. we're told the officer was hit during a traffic stop. her condition has not been released. so far no charges have been filed against the driver. >>> a video posted online is sparking an investigation of a metro bus driver. check it out. this video appears to show the driver holding and possibly even reading a newspaper behind the wheel. the rider who shot this video on unsuck d.c. metro posted it online. metro will start monitoring some of its employees next year, including bus drivers, to make sure they get enough sleep. t
" says this about the situation in syria -- it is the front page of "the new york times" this morning, and they say this -- peter baker and bryan gordon write in "the new york times" -- then, also we are doing a segment on syria taking a deeper dive into this issue on sunday here on the "washington journal ." moving on to the situation in israel. five nations some men envoys of israel. also, some other headlines for you. "the baltimore sun" -- next to that, president obama suggests a revamp of the russia nuke deal. in "of the wall street journal" -- a "new york times" headline -- much about the phone call which occurred some months ago remains shrouded in mystery. it highlights the level of his anxiety about the current crop of candidates. we are talking about the proposal by house republicans to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff put out yesterday from the speaker's office with signatures from the rest of the leadership team. christine, a democratic caller, what do you think about it? you are on the air. caller: i have to agree with a couple of other people that called in. we have had
charles durning. he died yesterday at his home. he was 89. >> ahead on "starting point," syria's government not letting up on its assault on its own people, and new concerns about a deadly mystery gas. we're live with the very latest on that. >> and video you want to see this morning. it could completely change space travel as we know it. it's an impressive development. that next. >> but first we go to break with a look at the christmas nights glowing in the negotiate in india. what a night, huh? but, um, can the test drive be over now? head back to the dealership? [ male announcer ] it's practically yours. but we still need your signature. volkswagen sign then drive is back. and it's never been easier to get a passat. that's the power of german engineering. get $0 down, $0 due at signing, $0 deposit, and $0 first month's payment on any new volkswagen. visit vwdealer.com today. time for citi price rewind. because your daughter really wants that pink castle thing. and you really don't want to pay more than you have to. only citi price rewind automatically searches for the lowest
firefight in syria. they had been kidnapped and held for five days. this morning, they are with us live and will tell us what happened. >>> everyday hero. she was principal who laid down her life for her students in the tragic school shooting in connecticut. what her daughter wants the world to know about her mother. >>> and a deal in sight this morning. republicans and democrats could be closer than ever to an agreement on the fiscal cliff today. tuesday, december 18th, 2012. >>> from nbc news, this is "today," with matt lauer and savannah guthrie. live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> and good morning. welcome to "today" on a tuesday morning. i'm savannah guthrie. >> i'm david gregory in for matt this morning. we've had some terrible news to cover recently. we have such great news this morning that we can share with everyone. our friend and colleague richard engel and his team have been freed unharmed and there they are. we look forward to talking to all of them to find out about their ordeal. >> a lot of us are exhaling this morning. of course, we'll get the latest from newto
may be happening in terms of the russian policy toward syria? since we have mentioned iran can we get as far away as syria? >> you can get as far away as syria i hope with some connection. i do appreciate that but the question of syria is of totally sufficient importance so we could address that and thank you for the question. my own gut feeling and i don't know how you guys feel, but the russians have been for the last several weeks, there have been indications of unhappiness with what is going on in syria without a clear sense of what it is that they can can shape it and whether they can do it on their own or with the u.s.. the u.s. has always wanted the russians to be part of that kind of a solution. if there could be one at all. so, if the russians in any way are moving toward the american decision with respect to syria, i think we are all better off for it. okay, another question out there? there is one right up here. and then we will assume that is the last question. >> i wonder if, you all alluded to it and i wonder if we could call the diplomacy -- moving towards the inf negot
: if there is further military action in syria, does that have any impact? guest: the pentagon would need funding for those things. when libya came up, the pentagon does what it is told to do and goes and fights and goes back to congress and says, "now you need to make us whole." in iraq, there were supplemental appropriations. the pentagon will do what it needs to do. it will go back to congress and say, now we need the money to make up for things we spend money on the war. host: this comes from twitter. guest: that is a tough question. i do not know. once you get up to major, lieutenant colonel, you are getting close to that number. they indoor tremendous hardships and often cannot buy a home because they are a mother around so much. there are a lot of sacrifices that goes on. host: scott in woodbridge, virginia. caller: good morning. i am a former marine and a military brat. my father retired from the navy. i have a long history of active duty. i think there is misinformation going on this morning. talk about $800 billion for the wars in the middle east. we spent double that on the stimulus pl
you look at her record on syria and africa, it was not good. maureen dowd said rice is too automaticbitious and unprincipled. dana milbank said her attitude was a problem . hillary clinton begin the choice between john kerry and susan rice. said i would rather have john kerry. he can talk for hours and not say anything and speaks french. >> gretchen: i was doing studio b . and he was probably uncorking the champagne. there is supposedly a report on benghazi coming out. usually they make the announcements on friday. could it be the report is coming out today as the friday release or sometime soon? will that mean hillary clinton will not testify on december 20th if she wants to run for president, and moderate republican susan collins, the senator, maybe she was the final nail in the coffin. when she came out and said she still had questions. if moderate republicans would not say yes, it was over. >> brian: i don't agree with charles krauthammer. i - a lot of nave i seals and military people want to know why they were sacrificed. an drea mitchell has a staggering review what t
coming out of syria. the one of the regime's staunchest allies is signaling a possible change in position. we'll tell you who it is and what it could mean for president bashar al-assad coming up. gregg: a surfer fighting off a shark after having part of his hand literally ripped off. we'll tell you how he managed to save his own life and how his friends helped to save him as well. >> they did a marvelous job as well hmm, it says here that cheerios helps lower cholesterol as part of a heart healthy diet. that's true. ...but you still have to go to the gym. ♪ the one and only, cheerios gregg: ♪ dominic the donkey ♪. gregg: it is not at sight you see every day. dominic the donkey going for a stroll in indianapolis of all places. giving a cop a tough time trying to catch her. galloping around what appears to be a parking lot. >> she doesn't seem like she is bothering too many people. we keep getting calls about her. we need to get close to her. >> you will not get that close to her. i tried three days. she is wild. first time she got loose. when she get loose she enjoy her freedom and d
push to end the bloody war in syria. russia's foreign minister and the u.n. envoy, for syria are meeting today and both are calling for a a long-sd piece initiative that calls for a transitional government leading to elections. this meeting coming as new violence erupts between government and rebel forces. that violence has left dozens dead. in fact so far the death toll, it was at 40,000 and it now supposedly topped 45,000. but we are having a meeting this weekend between that u.n. envoy for syria and russia's foreign minister. they will be discussing this plan for a transitional government and we're going to talk more about that right now with fox news military analyst general jack keane, a four-star general and former vice chief of staff of the army. thank you for joining us, general. >> good to be here, patti ann. patti ann: back in june the world powers in geneva came up with this proposal for a unity government. both the assad regime and the opposition rejected it because it would involve the two sides sharing power. now they want to revive the plan but is it desirable?
that there is a redline for the united states if syria uses chemical weapons in their its civil -- in its civil war. >> i'm not ga that telegraph this any specifics what we would do in the event of -- i'm not gonna telegraph this any specifics what we would do in the event they use chemical weapons against in own people. >> the conflict in syria, expected to top the agenda today during vladimir putin's visit to turkey. during those talks, turkey will probably argue for tougher requirements for bashar assad. >>> it is 7:14. we were hoping to get some answers this morning, but as we just reported, the waiting game continues for same-sex couples hoping to get married here in california. alison burns is in our washington, d.c. newsroom with how the u.s. supreme court is keeping them guessing for a few days. >> reporter: just about 45 minutes ago, the justices released a list of cases they are going to be considering this term and still no mention of same-sex marriages. they are going to talk about it again on friday and rae re-- and -- and release another set of records -- orders. the justices have been aski
to the bloody civil war in syria and there's new word from the defense secretary leon panetta that the assad regime appears to be slowing its preparations for the possible use of chemical weapons against rebel forces. all this as an activist group inside syria claims they are in full control of a massive military base not far from the country's largest city. national security correspondent jennifer giffin is following it from the pentagon. hi, jennifer. >> reporter: hi, alisyn. the pentagon never officially acknowledged the intelligence reports that the components for sarin nerve gas had been mixed. u.s. officials spoke on background about the intelligence that suggested there were signs it was being readied for use. though they would never give specifics about which syrian base, for instance, they had indications was making the alleged preparations. today defense secretary leon panetta en route to the middle east appeared to backtrack. >> at this point the intelligence is really kind of leveled off. we haven't anything new indicating, you know, any aggressive steps to move forward in that w
political inspiration. the civil war in syria already tragic on a dwloebl scale. took a shocking turn for the worst today. [ yelling ] >> this is a small village in western syria. more than 100 people were killed in a bombing here. some say the death toll is higher. according to witnesses, syrian military -- a syrian military jet dropped three bombs on this town on the spot where scores of people were standing in line for bread. >>> a ban on proezs doughfied in new delhi, india. riot police blasting protesters with high pressure water hoses. demonstrators hit the streets after a woman was gang-raped on a moving city bus last weekend. they're defending the toughening of india's rape laws. meanwhile, further knott a protest over the assault of another woman turned deadly wrash a video journalist was killed by police gunfire in protests there. >>> one of the most senior navy s.e.a.l. officers is dead in afghanistan. investigators believe he killed himself. this is the officer i'm talking about. navy commander joe w. price, 42 years old. a pentagon official says there's no indication he w
60 such "insider" attacks this year. this was the first committed by a woman. in syria, the u.n. envoy to syria met with president bashar al-assad in damascus, but he gave no sign of progress toward halting the civil war. lakhdar brahimi spoke with assad as part of a two-day visit. brahimi was appointed envoy in september, but he's made little apparent headway. the latest visit came a day after opposition groups reported a government air strike on a bakery killed at least 60 people. authorities in india restricted vehicle and railroad travel in new delhi today, in the wake of violent protests over a gang rape. on sunday, police sprayed tear gas and water cannons after crowds began throwing stones and tipping over vehicles. the protesters demanded stronger punishments for crimes against women after a 23-year old woman was attacked on a public bus last week. the victim was thrown from the bus afterward. she remains in critical condition. six arrests have been made. washington was quiet today with the president and congress gone for christmas. but the lack of any fiscal cliff tal
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